HH Romapada Swami in Tirupati Oct 2008
February 22, 2010

Where are the obstacles in Vaikuntha? There may seem to be obstacles, like Aristasura galloping down the road toward the residents of Vrindavan. They immediately take shelter in Krishna, and Krishna protects them. Even in Goloka Vrindavan, there are no demons, but there is the sense of demons. What is the purpose of that? It is there so that they can take more intensely their shelter in Krishna.

VY04_83
July 20, 2008

We're not lacking in the answers to the how-to questions. That is not where we're lacking. We are lacking in hearing properly. If we could hear properly, we would have all the how-to answers, abundantly! A whole basket full of how-to answers! But we have beans in our ears. We can't hear. But that is how one can understand and come to the position of realizing Krsna through devotional service, through the medium of hearing, through sound vibration.

-- Adapted from a lecture given by Srila Romapada Swami in honor of Gita Jayanti, in December 2007.

HH Romapada Swami in Boston Apr 2009
June 2, 2014

Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught His teachings based upon the message of Srimad-Bhagavatam – how to achieve love of God. He instructed the Goswamis, "You write the literature that explains all of this." And the Goswami’s wrote those literatures, and the disciplic succession wrote commentaries on those literatures, and Srila Prabhupada in turn did the same thing for us.

It is not like we are unfortunate because of being in this unfortunate age of Kali .This good fortune is freely, liberally available, “Please take it.” These kind things are being given to us, with a nice ribbon and a balloon – very nice, so kind, a gift! We just have to take it.

Guru Maharaja at Kusum Sarovara
June 19, 2008

Because everything comes from the Supreme, when it is used in relationship with the Supreme, it has a spiritual quality. The original spiritual quality of things becomes restored when they are used in relationship to the Supreme. Everything comes from the Supreme, so it has its original spiritual quality, but the original spiritual quality is lost if you don't use things in relationship to the Supreme. But if you use those things in relationship to the Supreme, they can act spiritually!

-- Adapted from a lecture given by Srila Romapada Swami on the occasion of Gita Jayanti in December 2007

HH Romapada Swami in Mayapur April 2009
November 10, 2014

Narada Muni is explaining from his own practical experience how he went from being a "nobody" to becoming Narada Muni. He had experience of what it was to have sense attraction and go beyond it. He had this meditation process that he did, but that is not what worked for him. It was this attraction for the Personality of Godhead. He was given a mantra, and he was absorbed in becoming attracted to the Personality of Godhead. He says that devotional service to the Lord is more effective and practical than the system of artificially controlling the senses.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.6.35, given on July 1, 2008 in Palatine.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2003
July 21, 2014

The very definition of bhakti from Rupa Goswami is it is a type of cultivation.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.19-25, given on June 8, 2008 in McLean, Virginia